GENESEO, N.Y. - The SUNY Geneseo women's volleyball team will take on host Fredonia on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Tournament Quarterfinals. The match will mark the Knights' first postseason match since 2011.
Geneseo (16-14) clinched the fifth seed for the tournament after compiling a 5-4 record in SUNYAC play, one win behind fourth-seeded Fredonia (19-12, 6-3 SUNYAC). Tonight's winner will advance to Friday's semifinals to take on top seed and host Brockport at 7:00 p.m. with a berth in Saturday's conference championship match on the line.
Fredonia won the regular-season matchup with the Knights, 3-1 (25-14, 25-18, 18-25, 25-12), on Sept. 23 in a SUNYAC Pool Play contest hosted by Potsdam. First-year outside hitter Grace Cergol compiled a match-high 13 kills to go along with 13 digs, while senior defensive specialist Danielle Sayler and first-year libero Sam Mendelsohn anchored the defense with 14 and 12 digs, respectively.
Cergol, who leads the SUNYAC with 392 kills and stands fourth with 431 digs, is the only player in the conference ranked in the top-seven in both kills (2nd/3.35) and digs (3.68/7th) per set. Notching double-digits in both kills and digs on 20 occasions throughout the season, she was credited with a career-high 22 kills in victories over Rochester (Sept. 10) and St. John Fisher (Oct. 19), while establishing a personal-best with 26 digs at Scranton (Oct. 26).
Sophomore setter Emily Ast ranks fifth in the SUNYAC with 961 assists, including the 1,500th of her career in last Saturday's 3-0 sweep at Skidmore, while also sitting in sixth with 8.21 assists/set.
Mendelsohn averages 3.70 digs/set to rank sixth in the SUNYAC, while her 407 digs stands fifth. She has reached double-digit dig totals on 19 occasions, including seven matches of at least 20 digs. She picked up a career-high 27 digs in a five-set victory at Pitt-Bradford (Sept. 29).
Senior middle blocker Courtney Cleary and senior outside hitter Tricia Baxley are second and third, respectively, in kills/set for Geneseo. Cleary averages 2.32 kills per set, including back-to-back matches of a season-high 18 versus Mount Union and Grove City (Sep. 3), while Baxley is close behind with a 2.28 average, including a season-high 15 at Skidmore.